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Monday, April 18, 2011

2011 NBA Playoffs Have Begun


The NBA Playoffs began over the weekend with a few surprises and generally some great games.  The #1 seeds in both the Eastern and Western Conferences played games that were much closer then they wanted.  In the Spurs case it was too close because they actually lost their playoff opener.  The 8th seed Pacers somehow squandered a 10 point lead with around 3:00 minutes to play as the Bulls pulled out the victory.

The two most compelling series in the West is the Nuggets vs. Thunder.  The Nuggets win SKOHRboard's most resilient team of the year award for becoming a better team after losing a top ten talent in Carmelo.  They have been playing great basketball lately but run into young and explosive team in the Thunder.  OKC's acquisition of Kendric Perkins may turn out to be even better than initially given credit for.  He provides the muscle in the middle to combat some of the other Western Conference Bigs.  He and Nene also happen to totally despise each other and their battle should be a great one.  Meanwhile Westbrook and Durant are still the most exciting tandem in the NBA over Wade and LeBron in my opinion.  


The Eastern Conference match-up that most people are excited about has to be the plucky 76ers vs. the evil Miami Heat.  Everyone is pulling for the young Philadelphia squad in this series despite their heavy underdog status.  Jrue Holiday and Thadeus Young hope to lead the Sixers against the most athletic team in the Association while fans just want Evan Turner to be half as impressive as John Wall was during the regular season.  Meanwhile LeBron and Wade hope Chris Bosh stops wanting to hang out with them because he is really annoying and thinks he's cool but everyone knows that he's not.  

"I MADE AN AWESOME PUTBACK LAYUUUUPP,  BE MY FRIEND!!"
Wade to LeBron "he's still  not invited to hang out after the game."
That's it.  The NBA Playoffs include every team in the Association and they'll take the next four months to play but there is nothing else interesting besides what I've covered above.  Can you believe that?  If you disagree please let me know what you're excited for or watching in these first round games in the comments.


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16 comments:

Greg said...

I thought it was a great first weekend (aside from the sixers loss). You are right though, that Nuggets-Thunder series could be epic. Just two deep, solid teams that play hard and are tough to match up with. This year's playoffs could be great. There's a lot of teams that could contend for a title with no overwhelming favorite.

SKOHR said...

Admittedly the Sixers did not look too good tonight. But WATCH OUT! They don't make these series best of 17 games for nothing!

How about those Pacers giving the Bulls all they can handle so far?

Greg said...

Haha well I just saw your anti-NBA paragraph to end the post (just kidding, kinda) so as the biggest NBA fan in town I will give you one reason to care about each series.

Chicago-Indiana: How good is Chicago? Are they ready for the big time. If so, they should sweep Indiana, 5 games at worst. Rose will be the MVP but now it matters. Pacers best player, Granger, is a stats guy that should not be able to beat a good team.

Boston-NYK: Easy one. This, in my opinion, is the most interesting eastern series from a national perspective. Talk about a star-studded series. They're all over the place here. If Carmelo didn't blow game one then it would be even better right now.

(You talked about Miami-Philly)

Atlanta-Orlando: Classic case of two teams who think they're contenders when everyone else wrote them off. Which side is right? Magic have a top 5 player and defensive player of the year and they just made a major trade this year. This is when we find out if they still have enough to be a factor.

Spurs-Memphis: Game one said it all. Pretty much every expert has written off the Spurs from winning the west before game one. Now they are down 1-0. Can Timmy and co. come back and show why they are perennial powers or are the experts right? I'm interested to know.

Lakers-Hornets: I thought this would be an easy series with David West out. I underestimated Chris Paul though. He is capable of outplaying Kobe over a 7 game series. Lakers have been struggling too. Are they complacent or just waiting for a need to turn it on?

Mavs-Portland: Love this series. Really love. Both rosters deep and loaded with really good players. Since Portland acquired Gerald Wallace for nothing they appear dangerous. Aldridge is already playing as well as anyone this season. And the Mavs, of course, are always a hot topic with their loud mouth owner and superior regular season talent.

That was very long. Luckily I was bored. My poor sixers got blown out tonight.

SKOHR said...

Awesome stuff Greg!

I wouldn't mind seeing Memphis and New Orleans pull off the upsets. Actually the only upset that I'm not interested in seeing is in the OKC vs. Dever series. The Thunder are just a fun team to watch.

Justin! said...

Spurs just need more Matt Bonner. No clue why they only played 8 guys in the rotation. Why rest Thiago Splitter when you are getting killed inside by Randolph? At the very least he could have been put in there to foul the shit out of Randolph a few times

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